Today the temperature soared to 28C. I stepped outside on my way to teach a private lesson at just gone noon and was hit by a blast of heat and humidity.
It was such a shock to my system to have that atmosphere suddenly appear. I walked for just 10 minutes up the road to the subway station and was so warm (and a little sweaty) by the time I got there. It was lovely and cool inside the trains, because the air conditioner was on full blast (that's what causes natsubate, which is the illness associated with fluctuating temperatures between inside and outside in summer).
When I left the lesson, I had recovered from the shock of the heat and was enjoying it a lot. The saving grace was that the cool breeze that was blowing around the city was nice and refreshing.
I went out several times just in my T-shirt and I was perfectly comfortable.
This is only May! It was like a hot day in British August! What will it be like when the true summer hits?
It had the smell of hot Continental Europe today, that strange mixture of humidity, drains and a little pollution.
So I did what you do in hot weather. I wore little, drank lots, relaxed, turned the air conditioner on (for the first time to cool myself down!) and made a summer salad for dinner.
It was so tasty. It took quite a while to prepare it though.
I went and sat by the Sumida river that flows right past my guesthouse in the evening, and it was lovely and warm. Great May weather!
Well, there's still no sign of the dreaded rainy season appearing. Looks like the rain last week was a false alarm. I did read that the intensity of the rain fluctuates each year, and sometimes it's like there is no rainy season. Fingers crossed!